Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Mari! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I really enjoy the fact that the community on Figment is so willing to help others grow as writers. The feedback I’ve received from Figment has been what has helped me grow as a writer because it’s coming from fellow writers, and they’ve helped me improve my skills so much since I’ve started posting. It has also helped me get over my fear of sharing my writing with others, and realizing that my ideas are actually worth sharing because the community as a whole has been so supportive and helpful, not just giving me suggestions for improvement but also encouragement to keep writing!
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- “The Dark Triad” – which is still a work in progress, but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gotten on a novel before, and it’s significant to me because I thought the idea I had for this novel would be too weird or obscure to share at first, but now, seeing other people enjoy it through reviews has really encouraged me not to give up on the idea I really want to write about, even if it might be different.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Usually I get my story ideas from dreams. Since I was younger I’ve had very vivid, creative dreams, and I would LOVE to tell people about them! The fact that today I still have really wacky dreams has kept my creativity up, giving me constant ideas either for plot twists in my current stories, or concepts for entirely new ones! I also like to use writing as an escape from stressful things in my life. I’m an engineering major at a very tech-oriented school, so it’s really nice to have a passion like writing to pull me away from math and science sometimes to keep me sane, and that’s why I’ve stuck with it for so long.
What is the last book that you read?
- “The Thousandth Floor” by Katharine McGee
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Try to read as many other people’s writing as you can! You learn so much about writing by reading things by others, whether it be things you want to incorporate to make your writing better, or things you notice you should avoid. It’s one thing to have someone else tell you to fix something, but until you understand how it can help or hurt your writing, we don’t fully comprehend the suggestions. You almost need to see someone else’s story and go “Oh, so THIS is what they mean by varying my sentence structure,” in order to work your way to fixing it, in my opinion.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team